(1090 The Fan) — Late Friday, Seattle Thunderbirds general manager Russ Farwell announced the team had signed right wing Calvin Spencer to a standard WHL player agreement.

Spencer, 17, joins the Thunderbirds from the Minnesota NW team in the Upper Midwest High School Elite League. With Minnesota NW, Spencer had posted four goals and six assists in 21 games, he also had 30 penalty minutes. In 2012-13, Spencer played for Champlin Park High School in Minnesota and finished with seven goals and 13 assists in 25 games.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Spencer has flown under the radar a bit as he was not drafted in the past. However, he practiced with Seattle before head coach Steve Konowalchuk who gave this assessment of his newest forward:  “He’s big, he’s competitive, he’s smart, a good skater. He’s going to be a good player for us here and a good player in the future. He came to practice, we heard good things about him. He’s a guy who wanted to be in the Western Hockey League and we love to have him. He’s got good upside.”

How quickly could fans see him in action?

“We’ll see,” Konowalchuk said. ” It was a good game here (Friday night), so I don’t think we are going to throw him right into the fire here. We’ve got two more games coming up so it might be a situation where three, four days of practice we’ll see where we’re at.”

The signing also means Seattle now has 15 forwards on its roster and once Connor Honey returns to the lineup, there could be a fight for playing time. Seattle also remains one 20-year-old shy of the three player WHL maximum.

-Anthony Dion, 1090 The Fan

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